For the final time this regular season, the College Football Playoff committee released its Top 25 rankings. The top is pretty hard to argue with, but that doesn’t mean they got all of the rankings right.
Quite the contrary actually. Once again, they got quite a bit wrong.
What exactly? Here are seven teams they totally whiffed on.
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NR. South Florida Bulls (underrated)
The bottom-third of the new poll is filled with a smattering of overrated, floundering teams and South Florida is nowhere to be found.
The Bulls are quietly playing some of the best football in the entire country and it’s a shame the committee hasn’t taken the time to notice them.
USF has won seven of their last eight games (Utah, on the other hand has lost three of its last four) which includes a Top 25 win over Navy. USF's only two losses are to No. 12 Florida State and to a very good Temple team which just might win the AAC title this weekend.
No. 24 Houston Cougars (overrated)
Yes, I know, I know, Houston has a pair of wins as impressive as anybody with their Week 1 victory over Oklahoma and their recent win over Louisville. But if this truly is a Top 25 “ranking,” can anyone argue that the Cougars are actually one of the Top 25 teams in the sport?
The Cougars were handed their third loss of season on Friday, courtesy of lowly Memphis. (Yes, the same Memphis team that lost to South Florida -- the team that should be ranked in Houston’s place.)
The fact that the Cougars are ranked ahead of the Bulls is preposterous. Memphis has one less loss overall and a head-to-head victory over Navy, which beat Houston.
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No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers (overrated)
Wait, is this serious? The Tennessee Vols? In the Top 25? In football? Is Ashton Kutcher about to jump out of the bushes and tell me I've just been punked?
Apparently this is real life, in a bizarro world that I’m not completely comfortable living in. Since their 5-0 start, the Vols have now lost four of seven and their wins over that stretch include Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee Tech. Not exactly college football murderer's row.
This is supposed to be the 25 best teams in college football and I’d argue that teams like Temple, South Florida and even Iowa are all playing better than the Vols right now, with similar or better records.
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No. 20 Utah Utes (overrated)
I know I’m beating the same drum here, but Utah has literally done nothing to earn this ranking. They’ve dropped three of their last four, including a loss to Oregon at home. (Yes, the same Oregon club that followed up that victory… by losing to Oregon State a week later.)
On a different note, let me ask a different question: Why was Utah rewarded for losing to Colorado, but Washington State fell out of the Top 25 for losing to Washington? One lost to the No. 8 team and moved up a few spots (Utah). One lost to the No. 5 team (now No. 4) and fell out of the poll altogether. What?!
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No. 17 Western Michigan Broncos (underrated)
I’ve been arguing for weeks that the mighty fightin’ P.J. Flecks should be higher and the playoff committee finally agreed, moving them up to No. 17! Still, at 12-0 – one of only two teams that are undefeated in all of FBS football – why not rank them higher?
After all, what’s more impressive? Going undefeated against 'lesser' competition, or playing better overall teams but losing three or four times (like a few teams behind the Broncos did)?
No. 13 Louisville Cardinals (underrated)
I can’t fight too hard for the Cardinals after they’ve lost their last two games. Still, they have the same number of losses as Florida State, a better conference record and they beat the Seminoles head-to-head.
Was a win over a beat-up Florida team last week in Tallahassee impressive enough to move FSU ahead of Louisville, despite all those other factors?
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No. 12 Florida State Seminoles (overrated)
Credit to Florida State for winning four in a row since losing to Clemson. But that win over Florida last week was the Seminoles' only victory over a team currently ranked in the Top 25 all season. That’s the same number as Louisville, but the Cardinals beat them head-to-head.
That also raises a question on my end: Am I the only one who remembers when Louisville hung 63 points on Jimbo Fisher’s club?